Guidelines for Safe Trail Use

We believe parks, trails and open space can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In places where there are no restrictions on the use of parks, trails, and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations*:

“Individuals may go to public parks, open outdoor recreation areas, and utilize public right of way; provided, however, that individuals comply with the Social Distancing Requirements defined below; and provided further, that public and private playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed.” — Durham City Stay-at-Home Order

Refrain from using parks or trails if you have been exposed to the Coronavirus within the last 14 days, are exhibiting symptoms, or are feeling unwell.

Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.

Plan your visit outside peak recreation times, which are usually weekends but may vary by destination. If the parking lot is full, consider another location or time for your hike.

Prepare for limited access to public restrooms and water fountains, and do not use facilities or playgrounds that are expressly closed by local ordinances.

While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as you pass, and step aside to let others pass.

Above all, observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location. Six feet is longer than your hiking pole or your dog’s leash!

As the situation and guidance changes regularly, we encourage people to follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.

*Amended from a joint statement by the National Recreation and Park Association.

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